• A Grade, Division 1
A MATCH-saving partnership between Shane Dole and Ilan Osman, together with a creative declaration late in the day, has put the Korumburra Cobras right back in a must-win match against Phillip Island in A Grade Division One.
Phillip Island was right on top in the contest, played on a superb Korumburra turf wicket, having put the home side back on its heels with an opening burst of bowling which left Korumburra reeling at 3/10.
But Dole and Osman stood up to some fierce pressure from the Island and steadily batted their team’s way back into the game.
When Dole departed for a handy contribution of 47, the score was 4/111 and Korumburra’s prospects were looking a whole lot better.
Luke Zanchetta 22, Justin Cook 19 and Darren Scott 12 all played their role, with Osman going on to make 70 crucial runs.
It gave Korumburra the opportunity to declare its innings closed at 9/191 and immediately Ash Meade and Luke Zanchetta opened a gaping wound in the Island batting, taking 3/2 off five fiery overs, to put the home side on top in a very important game in the context of the season.
Crucially, those three wickets included the centurion from the previous week’s match, Lachlan Cleeland, out for a duck.
In the local derby between Town and Imperials, the contest ebbed and flowed on a deck that was doing a bit for the bowlers early.
Opening bowlers for Town, Amila Ratnaike and Matt Borschman, tried a bit too hard to take advantage and subsequently didn’t hit the right areas often enough and it was Jake Burge with an inspired spell who changed the complexion of the game. Although he only got the wicket of Andrew Meyer, it got things going for Town and they produced consistent wickets after that to reduce Imps to 155 all out.
English import, Sam Graham, looks an excellent technician and played stylishly for his 49 at the top of the order, providing a good platform for Imperials but while several others made good starts, they didn’t go on.
The run out of Luke Rogers was crucial, Craig McGannon wrapped his big mitts around a fine catch at leg slip, really humming off the bat of Sam Vagg and Borschman returned to three wickets at the end in a good team effort.
Although Town lost Madura Weerasinghe in the six overs before the close, they are on top in this match and could get their season back on track with a win.
The other two matches featured some very low scoring for a two day game with Inverloch managing only 102 runs off 56.4 overs at Nerrena. The reigning premiers have got out of some tight spots this year with good individual efforts but despite taking 3/24 off the 18 overs faced by Nerrena in return, they’ll be hard pressed to get out of this one.
Tim Wightman was practically unplayable in those circumstances, taking 4/23 off 18 overs and really seems to be in some scintillating form at the moment. Renish Joy got the ball rolling Nerrena’s way with 2/27 off 13.
Mitch Clark, Lachie Roberts and Chris Savage are all back in the sheds but crucially, Gerard Murphy and Damien Symmons are still at the crease and you’d certainly favour Nerrena to win it from here.
Wonthaggi Club displayed similar fragility in its batting line-up after James Sheerin 36 and Mitch Thomas 25 looked to have steadied the ship after the loss of Sam Huitema in the first over.
They batted stoically on a green deck that was giving the bowlers plenty, working at it hard for 35 to 40 overs in a partnership of 68 before tea but with Peter Dell bowling a superb off-stump line and Alan Jenkins right on the money as well, the wickets came after tea in the form of Club’s best bats Ryan Thomas 6, Gavin Britt 3 and Tim Hooper 7 and OMK were on their way.
The Club bowlers had 11 overs to try to uproot Daniel Lloyd and Jesse Van Rooye, however while they only managed to wipe 17 off the deficit, all 10 OMK wickets were still intact at the end. OMK, on top of the ladder and set to strengthen their position, are already looming as the team to beat this season.
Super knock by Kent with more to come
• A Grade, Division 2
IT’S still ‘game on’ in the A Grade Division Two match between Kilcunda-Bass and MDU after Killy-Bass managed 178 off 72.5 overs but you couldn’t say the same thing about games elsewhere in the division.
Poowong already has Foster’s meagre target in sight, Wonthaggi Miners have already wiped off the deficit against Glen Alvie and might set-sail for the outright and Koonwarra-RSL had the bye.
The main interest in the Miners’ innings is how far Gerard Kent could go after he blitzed Glen’s bowling attack on the main oval at Wonthaggi to smash 111 not out off 19 overs including 11 fours and 6 sixes.
Will they let him get a double ton or is outright points worth fighting for? The way Kent was batting, both are possible outcomes.
Josh Andrighetto 34 and Daniel Loos 11 not out had front-row seats to the carnage but when a person’s in that sort of form, it’s a case of give them the strike.
Earlier the wickets had been shared around with Ryan Birkett 2/16 off 16 and Jayden Loos 3/25 off 14 the pick.
So the Killy-Bass versus MDU game looms as the match of the round.
Wicketkeeper-opener Ashley Oats 61 produced the innings of the day to set up Killy-Bass’ solid total, whacking six 4s on the lush surface at Meeniyan during handy partnerships with Matt Donohue 12, Andrew Donohue 16 and John Bastwrous 22.
Ashley Larcombe 36 picked up where he left off to extend the innings through to the final total of 178.
Mark Cantwell 2/26, Luke Mercer 3/30, Michael Patching 2/17 and Nick Eddy 2/36 got amongst the wickets to contain Kilcunda-Bass but there’s still a job for the MDU bats to do next week.
In the other match, Matt Loader 5/18 off 17 overs and Trevor Allan 29 not out were the mainstays of the Poowong-Loch effort against a hapless Foster, with Matt Hancock taking 3/24 off 11.
But Foster was reduced to an uncompetitive 78 with no batsman staying long enough to make any sort of impression on the Poowong-Loch bowlers or fieldsmen.